[meteorite-list] Re: Awesome Photo

From: meteorites_at_space.com <meteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:46:23 2004
Message-ID: <20010513173051.923.cpmta_at_c000.snv.cp.net>

As per the previous discussion regarding the terrestrial age of this meteorite. It was said that the report of it falling was wrong and the terrestrial age was 13,000 years.

Looking at this photo, tell me that this beautiful meteorite sat in the wet soils of Indiana going through 13,000 years of freeze thawing, and terrestrialization.

It was thought to have been a transported Nakhla, but research shows that the weathering state of the Lafayette Meteorite (Martian weathering) is different from Nakhla, as well as minor elements of its composition, so the theory that it is a transported Nakhla has been eliminated.

It is much too fresh for it to have sat on the ground for 13,000 years.

So I think it is logical to let the specimen speak for itself.

This picture is worth more than a thousand words.

The meteorite is fresh, and most likely fell near the finder just as the story Nininger presented tells.

Steve Schoner, AMS

On Sun, 13 May 2001, Mikestockj_at_aol.com wrote:

> <HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=2>Hi list
> <BR>Check out this Smithsonian photo of Lafayette. &nbsp;This is a photo that should
> <BR>make everyone realize why they love meteorites. This has to be without a
> <BR>doubt one of the best meteorites of all time especially for such a
> <BR>"weathered" meteorite. For a truly awesome view maximize the window so the
> <BR>photo fills your whole screen.
> <BR> <A HREF="http://nmnhwww.si.edu/minsci/images/gallery/34.htm">Smithsonian Institution - Department of Mineral Sciences - Lafayette,
> <BR>Achondrite, Martian Meteorite</A>
> <BR>Note the bottom portion of the specimen is missing due to that section being
> <BR>cut for study.
> <BR>Here is the rest of the Smithsonian photo gallery.
> <BR> <A HREF="http://nmnhwww.si.edu/minsci/images/gallery/meteorite.htm">Smithsonian Institution - Department of Mineral Sciences - Meteorite Gallery</A>
> <BR>Enjoy
> <BR>Mike
> <BR>
> <BR>Mike Jensen
> <BR>Bill Jensen
> <BR>Jensen Meteorites
> <BR>8503 W. Mtn. View LN
> <BR>Littleton CO 80125
> <BR>303-337-4361
> <BR>Web Site: www.jensenmeteorites.com
> <BR> <A HREF="http://jensenmeteorites.com/">Jensen Meteorites</A> </FONT></HTML>

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